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Breaking Through Bias: Overcoming Cognitive Barriers in Recovery #85

Sunday 7th July 2024

Explore how cognitive biases like confirmation bias can hinder recovery and learn practical tips to overcome them in this engaging episode.
50 minutes

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Overcoming Cognitive Biases in Recovery

Episode Overview

  • Understanding cognitive biases can help identify why we make poor decisions.
  • Confirmation bias leads us to seek information that confirms our existing beliefs.
  • The Dunning-Kruger effect can make us overestimate our knowledge or abilities.
  • Challenging these biases is crucial for effective recovery.
  • Self-awareness and critical thinking are key tools in overcoming mental barriers.
"Your best thinking got you here" - a phrase that perfectly sums up how our own cognitive biases can lead us into addiction.
In this episode of the Recovery Lab podcast, hosts Drew Hassin and Daniel Anderson tackle the intriguing topic of cognitive biases and their impact on addiction recovery. They break down how common biases, like confirmation bias and the Dunning-Kruger effect, can distort perceptions and hinder progress. Ever wondered why you might keep making the same mistakes? Drew and Daniel explain how our brains often trick us into poor decisions by seeking efficiency and repeating familiar patterns, even if they’re harmful.
They also share personal anecdotes, including some humorous ones, about their own experiences with these biases during their recovery journeys. This episode isn't just about identifying the problem; it offers practical advice on how to challenge and overcome these mental barriers. Whether you're in recovery yourself or supporting someone who is, you'll find valuable insights here. So why not give it a listen and see how understanding your own thinking patterns can make a big difference?